Senator Higgins, who is chair of the Oireachtas Peace Neutrality and Disarmament group, was deeply concerned by reports of death and widespread violence, including sexual and gender-based
violence against protesters in Sudan over the past weeks. Medical units in the country have reported close to 150 peaceful protesters killed so far but given the restrictions that were in place on the
internet and other forms of communications this may be even higher.
It is notable that both the African Union and the European
Union have taken steps to call for a cessation of violence and full transparent
investigation of violence and deaths.
The African Union set a deadline of 30th June
for progress to be made regarding the transition to democratic rule.
Senator Higgins said, "The Irish
government should use its role within the European Union to push for this
deadline to be met and consider appropriate diplomatic steps to take in the
event that it is not – this may involve re-examining the Khartoum process for
example. We have a responsibility as a peace-building nation to support those
seeking peace in the country and the processes that are in place to ensure the
successful transition to peaceful democracy.